Resources for Athletes, Coaches, and Parents

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MindEdge Media Studio offers resources for Professional, Olympic, collegiate  and youth athletes, parents, and coaches on the latest sport psychology information, articles, websites, and apps in the field.  

Associations

American Psychological Association (APA), Division 47 (Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology) brings together psychologists, as well as exercise and sport scientists, interested in research, teaching and service

 

Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) is an international, professional organization that promotes the development of science and ethical practice in the field of sport psychology. It offers certification to qualified professionals as well as resources for athletes, parents, and coaches on mental performance and mental health.

 

The Collegiate Clinical/Counseling Sport Psychology Association (CCSPA) is a Non-Profit organization that advocates for licensed mental health clinicians providing services to collegiate student athletes by keeping interested agencies and administrators informed regarding best practices and standards of care.

 

San Diego Sport Psychology Associates (SDSPA) is a group of independent sport psychologists and licensed psychologists who specialize in the practice of applied sport psychology. This group is dedicated to best practices, ethical services, providing the very best in mental skills training, and educating the public.

Elite and Professional Athletes

National Basketball Player’s Association Mental Health and Wellness Resources provides NBA players with educational resources, referrals, and best practices on mental health and well-being.

 

MLB Mental Wellness The MLB’s player resource page offers information about various mental health issues and resources for athletes and their families including a 24/7 helpline.

 

NFL Life Line is a part of the NFL Total Wellness initiative, offers an independent, confidential 24/7 hotline (800-506-0078) and chat support for current and former NFL players, coaches, team and league staff, and family members .

 

The Players’ Tribune Mental Health Awareness Collection This media company provides a platform for athletes to publish their personal stories including first-person experiences around mental health.

 

Recognize to Recover This mental health guide put out by the USA Soccer Federation for players includes a list of common mental health disorders among athletes, signs and behaviors to be aware of, and tips on how to have conversations around common mental health issues. 

Olympic Athletes

Athlete 365 is an initiative of the International Olympic Committee which creates an official community for elite athletes and Olympians that offers advice, tools, and services on topics including mental health.

 

Team USA Athlete Services Created by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, this mental health resource guide provides member athletes information on how to access sports psychologists, the Team USA 24-hour Mental Health Support Line, and additional services and apps.

College Athletes

NCAA Mental Health Best Practice for Understanding and Supporting Student-Athlete Mental Wellness The NCAA Sport Science Institute provides educational resources, best practice guidelines, data and research, informational meetings and task forces related to collegiate student athlete mental health and wellness.

 

Online Resources for Mental Health for College Students is an online resource for college mental health.

 

The Athletes Connected program is a collaboration between three University of Michigan entities including the Athletic Department, School of Social Work, and Eisenberg Family Depression Center, established to increase awareness of mental health issues, reduce the stigma around help-seeking, and promote positive coping skills among student athletes.

 

Hilinski’s Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to promote awareness and education of mental health and wellness for student athletes. 

Youth Athletes

Institute for the Study of Youth Sports​ conducts research, outreach and development programs to help children and youth athletes to maximize the beneficial physical, psychological, and social effects of participating in youth sports.

 

National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) educates, equips and empowers youth sports leaders, volunteers and parents to help children enjoy the lifelong benefits of sports. The website provides information and a link to the NAYS coach program which offers training on coaching children with mental health challenges.

 

Positive Coaching Alliance provides research-based training and resources for coaches, parents, athletes, and leaders to ensure a positive youth development experience for ALL kids, in all communities across the U.S., through sports.

 

Jed Foundation is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, giving them the skills and support they need to thrive.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the US.

 

Resources for Coaches and Trainers

 

Mental Health: Managing Student-Athletes’ Mental Health Issues This NCAA handbook provides information that can be used to quickly and effectively identify student-athletes who are experiencing cognitive, behavior, emotional, and or physical  symptoms related to mental health concerns.

 

Mind, Body and Sport: Understanding and Supporting Student Athlete Mental Wellness This publication from the NCAA Sport Science Institute includes personal accounts from athletes, signs and symptoms to recognize, as well as recommendations for athletic trainers and coaches to best support the mental well being of student-athletes.

 

National Athletic Trainer’s Association This website offers practice and patient care guidelines and resources on mental health for ATCs. 


The National Eating Disorders Association Coach & Athletic Trainer Toolkit provides information and resources for addressing disordered eating in sport.

Resources for Students Interested in the Field of Sport Psychology

Sport Psychologist Checklist

Dr. Oretzky Interview from Great Jobs in Sports (Feldman, 2019)

The Field of Sport Psychology: What's Trending and How to Get Involved

Sport Psychology in the Media

 

Sport Psychology and Its Impact on Athletics

Psychologists Have Helped with the Mental Side of the NBA Game

Lotus Pose on Two: The Seahawks Believe Their Kinder, Gentler Philosophy is the Future of Football

 

How Advanced Sports Psychology Can Help the Average Athlete

 

Mental Health of College Athletes

Mental Distress is a Growing Concern for High School Coaches

 

Recommendations for Developing a Plan to Recognize and Refer Student-Athletes with Psychological Concerns at the Secondary School Level​

 

MindEdge in the Media

 

Unlocking the Minds of Athletes Podcast Interview of Dr. Shira Oretzky​

 

Dr. Shira Oretzky talks with Jodina St. John from San Diego CW6, about helping athletes to train their brains.